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Mystery of Angels and Evil Spirits
The Bible mentions three angels of high rank: Lucifer
(lsa. 14:12), now Satan the devil; Gabriel, who appeared to
Daniel on two occasions (Dan. 8:16; 9:21), to Zacharias, the
father of John the Baptist (Luke 1:19), and later Mary, the
mother of Jesus (Luke 1:26); and third, Michael, called one
of the
chief princes
(Dan. 10:13), and whom Jude identifies
as an
archangel
(Jude 9). Michael is the archangel
specifically assigned
to
protect and minister to the 12
tribes of Israel (Dan. 12:1; 10:2-13, 21) and to the true
Church of God today (Rev. 12:7).
The Supreme Creative Accomplishment
God assigns angels responsibilities, but God created
within them MINDS-WITH POWER TO THINK, TO REASON,
TO MAKE CHOICES AND DECISIONS!
But there was one super-important quality that
even God's creative powers could not create instantly by
fiat-the same perfect, holy, righteous CHARACTER
inherent in both God and the Word!
This kind of character must be DEVELOPED, by the
CHOICE and the INTENT of the one in whom it comes to
exist.
So mark well this super-vital truism-that perfect,
holy and righteous
character
is the supreme feat of
accomplishment possible for Almighty God the
Creator-it is also the means to his ultimate supreme
PURPOSE! His final objective!
But now?
I repeat, such perfect character must be
developed.
It requires the free choice and decision of the separate
entity in whom it is to be created. But, further, even
then it must be instilled by and from the Holy God who,
only, has such righteous character to endow.
But what do we mean by righteous character?
Perfect, holy and righteous character is the ability in
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